Tech Rumor of the Day: AT&T Without iPhone
For now, however, it's the only thing making AT&T look strong.
AT&T enjoyed a strong turnout for both the new Apple iPhone S and its $99 predecessor. The popular iPhones helped AT&T sign on 1.2 million net new subscribes in the second quarter, say analysts.
The three weeks of iPhone sales, which hammered profits due to the heavy subsidies, helped pad subscriber numbers that otherwise would have been weak. AT&T reports earnings Thursday, and even with the iPhone boost, the numbers are below year-ago levels when AT&T added 1.3 million net new subscribers without a new iPhone.Verizon (VZ), by comparison, added about 1 million net new users in the second quarter with a very lackluster phone lineup. Four reasons this is AT&T's last year as an exclusive iPhone seller:
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